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strike on the first night of the u.s. ground war in afghanistan. since then the u.s. has conducted over 400 drone strikes in pakistan, yemen, and monthlia, while the pentagon drone fleet has expanded from 50 to 7,500. for the past decade american drone policy has existed largely in the shadows. its legal just ficks and moral underpinnings largely relegated to debate among progress severe media outlets and concerned libertarians. now as john brennan, the architect of the u.s. drone policy and president obama's mick to head the cia readies to testify this afternoon on capitol hill, calls for greater transparency and legal justification for the killings have increased. the outcry reached a crescendo on monday when nbc's michael isikoff obtained a leaked white pair from the government suggesting that the u.s. government can kill american set zenz overseas without any specific intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. the expansive legal framework set off alarm bells. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to ki
of washington in what's being billed as the largest climate rally in u.s. history. opponents of the pipeline say that the extraction of the crude oil from the canadian tar sands is exponentially harmful to the environment. climate activist bill mcgibbon has said it's akin to lighting a carbon bomb, causing irrepairable harm to the environment. he emphasized in both his nagral and state of the union speempz this year wroosh proponents of the pipeline argue it will reduce our dependency on foreign oil and trans-canada, the energy company with the bid to build the pipelines, says it will create 20,000 jobs. last month 53 senators, 44 republicans and nine democrats wrote a letter to the president asking him to approve the pipeline saying it was a matter of economic development and energy security. in a recent poll 69% of americans say they support the construction of the pipeline, while only 17% oppose it. for a president who has been sworn into office twice with a promise to address fossil fuel dependency, keystone's answer is harder to answer than just yes or no. joining us now from washington to
for your retirement. visit a branch or call now for your personal retirement review. sdmrirchlgt as the u.s. continues to -- john kerry embarked on his first overseas voyage as secretary of state. kerry's destination choice didn't come from the white house playbook. some white house officials wanted him to follow in clinton's foot steps bay making his maiden overseas trip a tour of asia, according to two people close to the situation. instead kerry insist odd a ten-day trip that starts in london. that raised a few eyebrows, says one state department adviser about kerry's decision. in london yesterday kerry poured on his trademark diplomatic harm to show that the special relationship was alive and well. >> it's no accident for sure that this is the first stop on my trip as secretary of state. i came here many, many years ago as a young child, managed to get lost in london zoo. i want to thank somebody for find meg. >> his diplomatic chops were put to the test when he had to privately promise syrian opposition leaders more nonmilitary aid to end their threatened boycott of an international fr
relevant items left largely off the table? not one question about drones, despite the fact the u.s. has carried out 362 drone strikes since 2004. troop suicides, of which there were as many as 349 last year alone were mentioned twice. rapes inside the military estimated at 19,000 per year got five passing mentions. while israel was brought up 166 times yesterday, afghanistan, the longest running war in american history, and one that has cost almost 2,000 american lives was brought up 20 times. glen thrush, i ask you, the hearings yesterday, were they ever even meant to be hearings, or was it a trial for the obama administration? >> i was just struck by the great positive energy that chuck hagel was giving off at these hearings. didn't he look like he had just been abduct and pushed out of a moving vehicle? >> he was facing eight hours of questioning that as we showed at the beginning, in some ways had nothing to do with what he would do as defense secretary. >> i have been to several of these congressional hearings, and they very seldom have to do with anything that they're supposed to
religious tenants in order to be eligible to opt out. while some religious groups, including the u.s. conference of catholic bishops reacted cautiously to the new policy, others weren't satisfied saying secular for profit businesses with over 50 employees should also be able to opt out over religious objections. the beckett fund for religious liberty, a group representing plaintiffs in eight lawsuits, said the compromise was "still unacceptable and unconstitutional" noting that the proposed rule does monthing to protect the religious freedom of millions of americans. the administration is soliciting feedback on the proposed changes until april 8 after which final rules will be published. joining us now to discuss is the president of pro choice america ellise hoeing. congrat laegs on the new gig. we're happy to have you on the show. >> thanks so much, alex. it's great to be here. >> what a day. >> right? >> there's been a lot of talk and reaction to these proposed rules changes. some people saying this is eminently reasonable. it seems eminently reasonable to me, and, yet, the preside
after the largest financial crisis in u.s. history warren raises an important question. why haven't banks been held accountable? ryan, the huffington post has seen some traffic, shall we say, on this, and you have been covering it. a lot of people didn't know what to expect from elizabeth warren when she came into the senate, but she is doing it yosemite sam style. >> this is something that is fine within the senate culture because, you know, she waited her turn at the hearing for a freshman, and she asked very simple questions. she wasn't asking about collateralized debt obligations or any other thing. just when was the last time you took a bank to trial? that's it. and the simplicity of it is what i think has pushed it well past the million views, and you'll notice that at the hearing it also allows some of the other democrats to be a little bit more aggressive in their question than they might have been because now you have warren over here who is talking about taking banks to trial. it allows some other democrats to ask a little bit tougher questions also so they don't look we
. catholics seem to just let that go by and say i -- catholics in the u.s., catholics that i speak to, i was raised catholic, think that, well, that's just sort of par for the course. do you think that reform is on the horizon for the church in any sense of the word? >> well, first of all, i don't think you should feel anti-catholic for making that comparison with the republican party. i was talking a couple of weeks ago to an important bishop here in the u.s. who made the same alan judging who said we, the catholic church -- we in the catholic church have to think about the extent to which we are growing out of touch with some of our membership. we have to be open to reform. having said that, i think when you look at the very nature of the college of cardinals, i mean, this is in the technical sense of the term a kind of self-perpetuating leadership. virtually all these cardinals who are picked either by pope benedict or by pope john paul, i believe, somebody correct me if i'm wrong, the average age is somewhere in the 70s, low 70s. there aren't if to really drive your metaphor into the
% of income gains went to the top 1%. if you look at corporate profits, those have increased as u.s. wages have declined, so in terms of whether or not this is a good time to be having a conversation like this, it would seem to be just about time. do you agree, ezra? >> i think it's always a good time to be having a conversation about how we can better share prosperity. i think the economics of the minimum wage are really complicated. on the one hand you have a lot of studies looking at what happens to employment, and there are a bunch of studies that show there's no effect, and then there are a bunch of studies that find there's a very small negative effect. now you can sort of pick which ones you believe. i think both have good points behind them, but maybe the small negative effect is worth it at times. here's the best argument for the minimum wage. here's why you want to do something like this if indeed you do, which is that as you mentioned, corporate profits have gone way, way, way up, and the last 40, 50 years worker power as manifested in large part through labor unions and other m
a little research. you look at u.s. military spending from 1988 to 2011, and it has gone up in a big way. you look at the percentage of the u.s. military spending compared to the rest of the world. it is, you know, in the last 20 years, we've seen record spending on defense. now, that is due in some part to the fact that we had a war in iraq. we have ongoing military engagement in afghanistan. that costs money, but where do you think democrats need to be. >> on this issue of sequester? >> where democrats have to be is in intelligent reduction in defense spending. the sequester is not intelligent reduction. one of the benefits, i think, of chuck hagel as secretary of defense is he does know and i think will have the willingness to go in there and find the places that are real fat. find the weapons systems that don't work. find the pad in the things, find the excessive spending on things that we don't need, and cut those rather than cutting troop deployments or things like that. >> i think that argument is valid up to a point. the same thing you can say about domestic spending. there's a c
steel, we talk about the growing lat anneee population in the u.s. first of all, it's not monolithic. right now the way that -- it's on the issue of immigration, which is jake points out it's not -- actually in texas, you know, democrats need to learn how to talk to the his pan ebbing pop rags. rick perry wants 39% of the hispanic vote, and likewise, republicans need to learn to talk to his pan ebbings at a national level sfwloosh you're right. i think to howard's point. the demographic shifts have a factor that need to be taken into account as the state changes. i think the timeline is a little longer than a lot of democrats hope it is, simply because even those republicans -- those democrats you're talking about in the his pan ebbing community, they're conservative. they do identify with that part of the political spectrum. the shift is going to common areas, yeah, like immigration, but economics and upward mobility, opportunities which the castro brothers really speak to, and if they can -- i think they light that. it's about talking about opportunity in a new way that people don'
that finds tremendously dubious constitutional reasoning for why the u.s. government can kill without due process an american sit sdmren, right? ed henry didn't write a letter about that. heck, i don't know if ed henry is -- reporters at the "new york times" have, right? where do you plant your flag and that shows what your values are. you can't walk back and say this is also about drones. if it's about drones, then go after him on drones. don't do it. >> the tiger woods picture should certainly be sdret? >> why? >> i agree it's ain't federal case. >> i just don't care. why do you care? >> you're putting a lot of -- >> why do you care? >> you are putting a lot of the onus on the reporters' side. ben's point is the white house side. what is the big deal? what is the big deal? what is the big deal? from the white house percent period of time, why do they not just have one photo? why do they -- >> this is the trip to pay golf. is the security for the balls if i can't take a picture? i don't think they're -- i agree it's not a big deal, but it is a reflex to not show the public things that th
's a bad history of discrimination. the u.s. attorney general must make sure the measures are not designed to keep people from the polls. they argue the provision is obsolete. they should no longer need approval to change the voting laws. racism is no longer an issue. it's the same argument made in 1965 when president lyndon johnson signed the law, people claimed race imwas an injustice. >> there are those that say racism is an old injustice and there's no need to hurry. 95 years have passed since the 15th amendment gave all negroes the right to vote and the time for waiting is gone. >> why is article five relevant today? remember this past october when federal judges blocked a voter id law in south carolina. the judge, an appointee of george w. bush wrote, one cannot doubt the vital function of section v played here. eric holder compared the laws to a poll tax. still, some form of voter id requirement has passed in 30 states with 11 mandating a photo identification. meanwhile, this past election showed minorities have a harder time casting a ballot. a study showed on average black and his
to the economy, to the culture, to this society on a daily basis. many of them, a majority, have u.s.-born children. this is what really it's all about. these people are here to contribute and to remove that aspect, that 800 pound elephant from the discussion i think really is a disservice to people who contribute to the prices that we pay for our vegetables and fruits, to how the economy continues to run in this country. these people are looking for politicians both republicans and democrats, and i spoke to some democrats over the weekend who, quite frankly, are upset at this leak as much as senator rubio seems to say he is because they've been asking the president to keep his powder dry, to let them try to work behind the scenes to get something done with republicans who are in many ways looking, some of them, for any excuse to back out of any immigration reform. this is not helpful, and it's certainly not helpful to the folks that have hopes and dreams and aspirations to those coming out of the shadows. >> the republican party, increasingly, becoming mono crow mattic, which is to
demand very serious pushback. >> yeah, 115 companies in the u.s. were hacked, including apple, as you point out, which rarely ever sort of announces it's been hacked, given macs are supposed to be hack-proof. but it is a huge, huge threat to our economy and our livelihoods. a senior defense official said, in the cold war we were focused around the command centers in moscow, it's fair to say we worry as much about the computer servers in shanghai. we have to leave it there. >> happy note. >> yeah, our macs are not safe. among other things. thank you to my panel today, howard, joy, maggie, and jared. that is all for "now." i'll see you back here tomorrow at noon eastern, 9:00 pacific. until then, you can find us at facebook.com/nowwithalex. "andrea mitchell reports" is next. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you qualify, where your rates won't go up due to your first accident, and new car replacement, where, if you
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